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Why should Backups be a fundamental element of every company's IT-Security strategy?

9 May., 2023

In the face of ever-changing cyber threats and attacks, concerns about vulnerabilities in IT-Security are growing significantly for many companies. The fear of operational downtime and reputational damage as a result of a data breach is causing companies to rethink and upgrade their IT-Security strategy.

Efficient and simple protection of vulnerabilities requires a new way of thinking about data security. In the future, it will be important to pursue a data-centric approach to security in which the most essential element - the data itself - is protected. On the one hand, this includes consistent encryption of all sensitive data before it is transferred to the Cloud. On the other hand, it is important to ensure data availability with the help of regular Backups so that data can be restored quickly after failures or cyber attacks.

Effectively functioning backup processes are essential for every organization. Only those who have made an effort to have a robust data strategy in place before an emergency will be able to maintain the integrity and availability of data under all circumstances. In summary, backups bring enormous benefits to organizations and should be an integral part of IT-Security.

If this is not enough for you: According to Art. 32 (1c) of the GDPR, companies are in fact obliged to back up their personal data regularly, completely and in compliance with the GDPR, in order to be able to restore it from the Backup at any time.




The need for data protection is not only driven by environmental factors and cybercrime, but there are also new business and regulatory requirements behind this development. An increasing number of IT managers and board members are paying more attention to data protection and its benefits.

And rightly so, as a global survey of IT leaders for IDC's Worldwide State of Data Protection and DR Survey 2021 revealed: 95 percent of the companies surveyed were victims of ransomware or malware attacks in 2021, a staggering 80 percent suffered a loss of data in the process, and 43 percent were unable to recover the lost data.

Have you ever suffered a data loss? It's a devastating feeling to lose important company data, and even more frustrating to know you can't recover that data. If the realization that data backup needs to be an important part of your IT-Security strategy comes only after a cyber-attack or flood, it's already far too late. IT professionals know they need to invest in protecting data assets so they can look forward to a cyber-resilient future.

The purpose of a Backup is to create a copy of data in the event that the primary data is no longer available. There are several ways in which unforeseen data loss can occur:
  • Cyber attacks (icluding ransomware)Blogbeitrag_Backup_Hacker_2                                                                                                             
  • Theft
  • Deliberate destruction
  • Human error
  • Technical defects 
  • Natural disasters                                                           
However, it is important to note that a single copy of a file is not sufficient as a Backup. A complete Backup should at least follow the tried and tested 3-2-1 rule. According to this principle, three sets of data should be stored in two different locations, one of which must be securely stored externally (e.g. in the Cloud).

Adherence to this rule, combined with a robust data protection solution, provides businesses with the confidence to recover critical data in a timely manner in the event of unexpected failures. This way, you contribute to business continuity and keep your company afloat during crucial times.


The comprehensive security of end devices such as work computers, notebooks and tablets is at least as important as the security of complex IT-Infrastructures. After all, user devices are more likely to be damaged by fire, water or other external influences. End devices are often also a popular point of attack for hackers, are stolen through break-ins or destroyed through unintentional accidents. On probably every computer there is data that is so valuable that it must not be lost. With new remote working models due to the COVID19 pandemic, many employees are accessing sensitive documents from anywhere, 24/7. Important concepts, presentation that are work in progress, other files and personal data are often stored temporarily and locally on laptops and other mobile devices. Far too often, such documents fall victim to data loss before they find their way to the corporate server or NAS.

Endpoint Backup is about preventing exactly this kind of data loss from end devices. The work results of employees are regularly backed up so that they cannot be lost.



With the eperi Secure Endpoint Backup, you automatically back up your encrypted data on your end devices to OneDrive via real-time synchronization.

By doing so, you protect the confidentiality of your data with the renowned high security of the eperi Gateway and at the same time ensure high availability of the information through Microsoft's own Windows and OneDrive technologies.


The following advantages come with our innovative data backup solution:

☑️ Simple and automated: OS-integrated Endpoint Backup with real-time synchronization
☑️ High data security through encryption with the eperi Gateway before data is stored in OneDrive
☑️ Cost-effective through use of the OneDrive storage space (1 TB) integrated in every M365 Business license
☑️ Flexibly scalable in terms of number of endpoints and size of storage space
☑️ Full control over Data Security: key and encryption process reside with the customer
☑️ High availability: High standard in terms of hardware availability due to the storage at Microsoft
☑️ Versioning of files: Edited files are saved in OneDrive as new versions
☑️ Ransomware protection: In the event of a cyberattack, previous, unaffected file versions can be restored
☑️ Deleted file recovery: Despite real-time synchronization, deleted files are not lost but can be recovered
☑️ Easy to configure: No additional software required on the end devices
☑️ Work offline: No problem. As soon as you are online again, all your changes are automatically synchronized
☑️ Mobility/location independence: Backup anytime and from anywhere. You do not need to be on site at the company


Many companies are skeptical about storing sensitive data in M365 Cloud-Applications as Microsoft's built-in Cloud-Security measures are not sufficient. According to a recent study, 59 percent of the companies surveyed see a need to strengthen the native security functions with additional solutions. By using the eperi Gateway to encrypt data before storing it in OneDrive, such reinforcement of security functions is taking place.

This ensures that you are fully compliant and meet your Backup obligation under Article 32 (1c) of the GDPR, which requires a regular, complete and GDPR-compliant Backup of all personal data. Encryption also ensures that there is no security risk due to the storage of personal data in the Microsoft Cloud.


Find out more about eperi Secure Endpoint Backup in OneDrive

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